The first cruise ship of the year arrived in Dubrovnik today and it was a rather special occasion. On its inaugural journey Viking Jupiter docked in the Port of Dubrovnik this morning. The latest addition to the Viking Cruises fleet was launched in Ancona, from the Fincantieri shipyard, only three days ago and on this maiden cruise she first visited Split before sailing down to Dubrovnik.
As is the normal practise when a ship comes to Dubrovnik for the first time representatives from the Dubrovnik Port Authority exchanged plaques with the ship’s captain as well as touring the new ship.
Every passenger has a sea view and a balcony on this luxury cruise ship and a week on-board will set you back around $5,000. On this first trip to Dubrovnik the Viking Jupiter had passengers from the travel industry as well as VIP guests. And with an indoor pool with a retracting roof, cinema, various restaurants, theatre and spa centre these first passengers had a taste of what future passengers can expect.
The latest Viking cruise ship has a capacity for 930 passengers and a crew of almost 500. “She is the sixth ocean going vessel in the Viking group and we aim to increase our fleet in the coming years,” commented the Viking Jupiter’s captain. The line has 10 additional seafaring ships scheduled for delivery starting 2021, with its ocean fleet set to grow to 16 ships by 2027.
During its maiden season, Jupiter will sail through the Mediterranean and Scandinavia. It will be officially named in Oslo on June 6 by godmother Norwegian soprano Sissel Kyrkjebo. “It is always a proud moment when we are able to welcome a new ship to our fleet,” said Viking chairman Torstein Hagen.
The Dubrovnik Times visited the first cruise ship to arrive in the city in 2019.